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Be a Socialist Hero! Your Photographed Face as Mao’s Special Helper

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Need to convince your friends of something?

Nothing works quite like, well, propaganda… Especially if it has your face on it.

Maopost, a site dedicated to an extensive collection of Chinese propaganda posters, will seamlessly paint your face (or your friend’s) from any of your photographs into a classic propaganda oil painting.

You supply the photograph and choose one of the 35 suggested posters (or from their entire collection, over 1,500 posters), an artist hand paints you as a socialist hero.

It’s never been easier to insert yourself into (socialist) history. And you’ve never looked so convincing.

Be a Socialist (Poster) Hero!

p.s. Take part in the traveling photo notebook or share your panorama photos or storm photos in our forum!

Storm Chasing for Photographers: High-Speed, High-Risk, High-Fun!

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association’s Weather Service predicts 1787 tornadoes this year. That’s almost 5 tornadoes per day.

Dorothy would shiver in her ruby slippers, all right.

Us? We want to chase ’em down. ‘Cause the only thing cooler than 300-mph funnels of wind are the pictures you take of them yourself.

Luckily (kinda?) we’re right smack in the middle of twister season, here and across the globe.

Do it yourself: Chasing tornadoes, mind you, is DANGEROUS. And doing it right requires lots of fancy devices, like anemometers and hygristors. If the thought of hunting a roiling squall excites you, the Stormtrack website outlines the basics of storm chasing.

Do it with help: Want those amazing photos, but like your limbs right where they are? Consider a storm tour! Professional storm chasers lead you into twister territory in these weather safaris, and some are even made for photographers.

Fair-weather friend who prefers rainbows to cyclones? So be it. Rainbows are cool, too.

for the DIY-er…
Stormtrack’s FAQs for the Budding Storm Chaser

for the Do-it-with-help-er…
Silver Lining Tours’ Atmospheric Adventure of a Lifetime

Texas-Based Tempest Tours
(Check out the 2009 High Plains Photo Tour, sure to be a meteorologic hit)

(via PopPhoto)

In (Post-Soviet) Russia, Photo Manipulates YOU

We don’t speak Russian, so we don’t know much about the background of Russian-made PhotoFunia.

What we can tell you, though, is that the folks behind it really like Eugene Petrosyan. And they can do some really nifty things with pictures!

Put yourself or your friends in the newspaper, on a $100 bill, or up on a Times Square billboard! Always wanted to be on the telly? PhotoFunia won’t just make it happen, it’ll give you a feline audience. You’re sure to find something among the site’s 50-plus effects.

Especially classy: These lads even use facial recognition to automatically plug your face into the right spots in some photos! Putin would be proud.

Photofunia

p.s. Like this? Then you’ll probably like Dumpr, too!

Turn Your Webcam Into a Funhouse Mirror

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Marcel Duchamp walks into a bar, with a funhouse mirror in one hand and a webcam in the other…

Wait, how does that go again?

Anyway, we’re pretty sure if you put those things together, you’d end up with pixel-lapse.

Instead of capturing a photo all at once, pixel-lapse records one pixel at a time, starting at the top of the image and working downwards.

Try moving your head side to side as the picture records, or moving closer to the camera, or changing positions halfway through.

Surrealists of the world, unite!

Pixel-Lapse for Mac and Windows
via Make

p.s. If you don’t want your images uploaded to the online user’s gallery, be sure to turn off “photo-sharing” whenever you open the pixel-lapse application.

The Big Picture – Photos That Will Make You Love the News

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Maybe we were nerdy children, but we used to get really excited when National Geographic arrived each month.

It was the big, glossy photos that got us, pictures of faraway places and people we’d never heard of.

Here’s something that makes us feel that way again: The Big Picture.

Every day there’s a photo essay on a different news story. One day it’s the Olympics, the next it’s the shuttle launch. With ginormous pictures. The biggest you’ve ever seen on a news site!

It’s been a long time since the news made us happy. And we’re feeling pretty good about it.

The Big Picture

p.s. The Cutest Baby Ever contest ends tomorrow, June 13th. Add your photos now!

Photo credits: NASA/Johnson Space Center, AP Photo/Andre Penner, Rizwan Tabassum/AFP/Getty Images, Reuters/Stringer.

Navigating the Internet Photo Universe

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Finding photos on the internet is like being a tiny spacecraft adrift in a vast, starry galaxy. How will you ever find what you’re looking for in that cosmos of tags?

What you need, weary traveler, is a guide.

We hear Carl Sagan isn’t taking much new work these days, so allow us to present an alternative. Follow us to Tag Galaxy, where swirling solar systems of Flickr tags abound.

Say you want to find a memorable photo of poodles. Type in “poodle,” and it becomes a fiery sun, orbited by related tags like “dog” and “silly haircut.”

Click on more tag planets to create new suns (“poodles+noodles+strudel”). Or click on the sun itself to see all of the photos tagged with your search terms projected onto a rotatable spheroid planet.

All you need now is a turtleneck for your computer, and it’ll be just like having Carl at your side.

Find Photos with Tag Galaxy

Make Some Guy Draw Your Face

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If you send Damien Weighill a photo, he will draw your face and put it on his blog.

When he does you will have a mustache. Or perhaps there will be a gorilla behind you. Maybe you will be a dinosaur.

He is unpredictable. Approach with caution.

Your Face
via Jennifer Daniel. Send us links!

p.s. Remember that Squarespace Portfolio Makeover Contest we had? We hear our winner Jennifer Konig is pretty excited about her new website:

“It’s gorgeous!!! You ROCK!
The admin UI is really, really intuitive.
I’m seriously impressed.”

Check out her swank new portfolio!


Photojojo Live! This Saturday only!

We’ll be at Maker Faire on Saturday May 3rd demonstrating our ever-so-fabulous photo block kits. If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, come by the Craft Zone at 5:00pm and watch us rock the house. It’s gonna be huge. Arena-rock huge.

Mysterious Photographic Time Machine Found In Japan

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The Japanese have gotten hold of a time machine.

We knew it would happen sooner or later.

The weird thing is, this time machine only works on photographs. You feed it a sharp modern photo, and it comes back to you looking like it was taken sixty years ago.

Maybe it came from The Future! Or Outer Space! Or the Underground Lair of the Mole People (yikes)! We don’t know because, well, we can’t read Japanese.

All we know is, if you click “browse”, upload a photo, and then click on the blue button in the middle, the time machine magically oldifies your picture. It might also summon an army of cranky Mole People, we’re not sure.

Click if you must, just don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Eerie Photo Time Machine
via Mareen Fischinger

p.s. We’re looking for more Long Portraits! Email us a link if you’ve got one. This one is happy and cute, and this one rocks our socks.

p.p.s. If you want to get in your momma’s good books, score her one of our custom photo bags for Mother’s Day. Last day to order for rush delivery is Monday the 28th!

Photo credit: Jim Abraham

It’s Photoshop. On the Web. From Adobe. (p.s. It’s pretty great.)

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We all knew this day would come sooner or later, but that doesn’t make it any less exciting, does it?

Today, Adobe releases Photoshop Express for the web.

Now before you go berserk, let us exercise some journalistic caution — it’s not everything you can do in Photoshop fit into a web browser. Not nearly.

No layers here, no fancy pants masking. But for 95% of your photos, it offers pretty much all you need to fix ’em up, and it does it with style.

Whether adjusting exposure, white balance, or hue, touching up blemishes, or distorting your image, Photoshop Express provides an easy slider and thumbnails to give you an instant preview of your image at various settings. Even undo is better than you’d expect.

Being on the web, this Photoshop’s made for sharing. Everyone gets their own URL at photoshop.com, and the slideshows are top-notch — big, beautiful images with classy transitions. Want to load in and edit photos from Picasa, Photobucket, or Facebook? No problemo.

No, it’s not a Photoshop replacement, but it is a remarkably slick and well-designed basic photo-editing and sharing application. Arguably the best so far.

So what does it cost? It’s free, amigo.

Adobe Photoshop Express for the Web

The Ones We Love: A Portrait Project

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What do you do with the person you love most in the whole world?

Take ’em out and shoot ’em.

No, seriously. Take them outdoors and take photos until you have a portrait that expresses how much they mean to you.

That’s the premise behind The Ones We Love, a collection of work by 100 young photographers from around the world. The portraits range from dark to sweet to funny, but they’re all amazing images.

If you love somebody, shoot them.

The Ones We Love
Three of our favorites: Tania Leshkina, Morgan Jones, and Liz Shuman.

p.s. Thanks to Jittery Joe’s Coffee for sponsoring our “Monday Stinks!” contest!